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Monday, April 29, 2013

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole - Country Crock Stars Contest






Is there anything better than finding a great casserole recipe? I mean, casseroles just make me think of delicious comfort food, probably passed down through an the generations. My mom's Sweet Potato Casserole is one of those - the second you taste it, you know it's the holiday season! If you think you have a winner of a casserole, be sure and enter Country Crock's Crock Stars contest. Share a photo of your favorite casserole, and share in 100 words how you demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen. New cookware, $5,000, and a trip to New York City is up for grabs - you don't want to miss that chance!

This Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is one that will be making regular appearances at family dinners - without a doubt. Someone always tries to make mashed potatoes and they're always... well, just ok. My Grandmother makes amazing mashed potatoes but darn her and her not measuring anything! We can never get it to taste like hers.

These are the BEST mashed potatoes I've had to date. No lie. And I really love the idea of making it into a casserole. It makes serving everything hot at the same time a lot more manageable. Cheddar Cheese, sour cream, and of course creamy Country Crock... comfort food at it's finest!


Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
adapted from Sippity Sup

5 lb russet potatoes
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
2.8 oz jar real bacon pieces (or 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled)
4 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons kosher salt


Peel and chop potatoes, place into a large stockpot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Test a larger piece by piercing with a fork to make sure they're cooked through and tender. Remove pot from heat, drain potatoes and place back in pot. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Smash potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon, it's ok if there are still chunks. Stir in butter and cubed cream cheese. Keep stirring until completely melted. Add in sour cream, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, 3 sliced green onions, salt, and bacon pieces (reserve 1/4 cup bacon pieces for topping). Spread into a greased 3 quart baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar, bacon pieces, and sliced green onion over top. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.



Irresistible! Do you have a favorite family casserole? Who did it originate from and how long has it been in your family? Do you still have the old recipe card? I hope to start that tradition with my kids someday! 


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Menu Plan Monday 4/29 & Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway!



Woo hoo! Welcome to a very special edition of Menu Plan Monday here at Semi Homemade Mom. I'm SOOO excited about this week's menu plan post because I'm teaming up with some amazingly wonderful blog friends and giving away a Kitchen Aid mixer - in your choice of color! 


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I know, right?? If you don't already follow these blogs, you need to! Mother's Day is right around the corner, what a great gift this would be. Or heck, just keep it for yourself! I couldn't live without my Kitchen Aid mixer. What a wonderful Mother's Day that would be!

But before we get to the giveaway, check out what I'll be cooking in the Semi Homemade Mom kitchen this week. If you're new here, I post my menu plan every Monday to help inspire you to cook at home and try some new, yummy recipes! Be sure to click the link below the graphic to go to the recipe post.


Stuffed Corn & Black Beans Quesadillas






Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili






Grilled Hotdogs & Sauerkraut (double yum!) with Onion Roasted Potatoes






Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork






Salsa Sloppy Joes






Weekend Breakfast - Double Batch Breakfast Wafflewiches



Dinner - leftovers






Paleo Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs (can't wait to try this one!)

Source: paleopot.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Ok, so I hope I've given you some new ideas for your menu plan this week! Now on to the Kitchen Aid mixer giveaway - yay!



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Good luck everyone! Don't miss another Semi Homemade Mom recipe! Click here to have recipes delivered by emailCheck out some more great menu ideas at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Cream cheese topped with shrimp tossed in cocktail sauce, and sprinkled with Parmesan - the best way to serve shrimp cocktail to a crowd!



I'm a huge fan of mostly anything seafood. Crablegs, salmon, and shrimp being my top favorites in the seafood category. We used to live near a restaurant that served an amazing all you can eat seafood buffet, and it included lobster tail! They fittingly called it "King Henry's Feast" and it certainly wasn't cheap, but it was SO worth it! And the dessert. Oh my word, the dessert. Everything was wonderfully bite sized so that you could taste each cake or pie without feeling too full. If you weren't full already, that is...

Anyway, this Shrimp Cocktail Dip is a great way to change up regular shrimp cocktail, and it serves more people, too. We tried these with wheat thins, but I really preferred regular Ritz crackers. This is perfect to bring to a party or family gathering, just be warned - it will be gone within minutes!


Shrimp Cocktail Dip
from Kraft Food & Family Magazine

8oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb cooked shrimp, chopped
3/4 cup cocktail sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced

Spread softened cream cheese over bottom of a glass pie plate. In a medium bowl, mix shrimp and cocktail sauce together. Spread over cream cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese and sliced green onions. Refrigerate until ready to serve.




Here are some more Semi Homemade Mom appetizer ideas:


30 Crockpot Appetizers & Dips




Christmas Cranberry Dip




BBQ Chicken Ranch Dip




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Thursday, April 25, 2013

30 Crockpot Appetizers and Dips



I'm really, really loving this collection of recipes! If you're a regular Mostly Homemade Mom reader, you'll know that we are HUGE dip eaters in this family. I will even plan a dip dinner every once in a while. I pick a new dip or appetizer we've been meaning to try and serve it with a variety of veggies and crackers. I find it's a great way to get my family eating veggies, and my kids think it's so fun!

Summer will be here before we know it and along with it - graduation parties, BBQ's, and picnics. I can hardly wait! But just because the temperature outside heats up, there's no need to turn on the oven with these great Crockpot appetizers and dip ideas!


Slow Cooker Bean & Cheese Queso - Baked Bree

Source: bakedbree.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Slow Cooker Pizza Dip - The Messy Baker






S'Mores Dip - Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats






Crockpot Onion Dip - Savour Fare






Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip - Me and My Tadpole






Crockpot Chex Mix - See Aimee Cook






Buffalo Chicken Dip - That's What Che Said






Sweet Sesame Wings - Jess is More






Chicken Enchilada Crockpot Dip - The Blond Cook






Green Olive Dip - Taste of Home






Creamy Hot Sausage Dip - Kiki Creates






Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Mushrooms - Badger Girl Learns to Cook






Nacho Cheese Dip - The Cooking Mom






Mini Crockpot Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip - My Homemade Life






Beer Braised Chicken Sliders - The Beeroness






Cheesy Mexican Fondue - Better Homes and Gardens

Source: bhg.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip - Taste and Tell






Sweet and Hot Nuts - Better Homes and Gardens

Source: bhg.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Crockpot Cajun Boiled Peanuts - Tamilee Tips






Supreme Pizza Fondue - Better Homes and Gardens

Source: bhg.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip - Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts






Crockpot Hamburger Dip - Chef In Training






Crockpot Hot Onion Dip - Crockpot Ladies






Crockpot Orange Glazed Meatballs - Family Fresh Meals






Pulled Pork Sliders - The Black Peppercorn






Hotdog and Bacon Roll Ups - Moms with Crockpots






Apricot BBQ Wings - A Year of Slow Cooking








Easy Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs - My Homemade Happiness






Slow Cooker Wings, 5 Ways - Paleo Pot

Source: paleopot.com via Kelly on Pinterest





I can't wait to try some of these at our next family party! Yum!!

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